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David And Goliath Essay

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I used to attend a private catholic school back in the Philippines until I came here when I was eight years old, and I do not remember the story about David and Goliath. Unless my teacher talked about during religious class then I completely spaced out. However, since learning about the different David’s, it has become one of my favorite stories due to each figure’s place in the story line. The story is “about a young brave shepherd named David who saves Israel by challenging and killing a giant named Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot and a bag of stones” (“The Human Form in Michelangelo’s David and Bernini’s David”, Rybicki). The two David’s that stood out to me the most were Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’s and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s. For Michelangelo’s version, he sculpted an idealistic, flawless, and “god-like” character that is focusing his attention on Goliath and building up that energy to fight with his sling ready in his left hand. As for Bernini’s, his character is not as heavily built as Michelangelo’s, however, as it…show more content…
As Michelangelo emphasized more on perfection, Bernini’s focus was on storytelling. Michelangelo’s David has pent up energy while he stands still looks towards Goliath and pondering his upcoming move. He is more built as if making men seek the same perfection as his. For Bernini, his David has the liveliness that is the main characteristic of art during the Baroque era. His statue has expressed movement which is shows through David bringing back the sling, preparing to injure his enemy. However, both artists present man in a perfect form by presenting them with beauty, strength, and confidence as they begin their fight with the giant. Both artists have depicted their version of David in their own way and have produced
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